Delphi self-driving car gets new vision in Las Vegas
I'm here at CES where I've just taken a ride in the latest version of Delphi's autonomous research vehicle.
This is an Audi SQ5 that Delphi has fitted with radar, lidar, and what's new for this generation is a camera system from partner MobilEye.
That means nine cameras around the vehicle to give this car a better sense of its surroundings.
During the drive on a set route, this car acted very naturally, it was aggressive enough, but safe enough, it felt like a human was behind the wheel.
There's a display in the car that showed me what the car was seeing, I could see when it could see pedestrians, crosswalks, traffic lights.
It really had a great sense of its surrounding.
One thing that really impressed me is while we were in a left turn lane, another car cut in front of us.
And the Delphi car behaved perfectly.
Another time, we also went through a fairly long tunnel.
The car lost its GPS connection, but still stayed on Core.
And one final thing that really impressed me is that this car uses crowd sourcing to determine its path down the road.
It sees the path that similarly equipped cars have taken before it and so it follows that path as well as lane line.
Now this is still a research vehicle but Delphi says this system could be ready for production around 2019, which means we could see it in a production car around 2020 or 2021.
We'll see many more economist car technology demonstrations at CES.
So, stay tuned to Road Show.
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